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Material Science Engineer

Los Angeles, California, United States
May 24, 2018

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Arsia Khanfekr

US Permanent Resident

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8+years of material science engineering experience specializing in ceramic powder processing, Ceramic Nano Materials, Thick film coated ceramic Gas sensor, Semi- Conductor and ceramic catalyst convertor, Microwave syntheses and sintering methods, material testing and characterization. Research and Development of New Materials and Novel Process; Equipment Design; Failure Analysis, skilled at a wide array of Mechanical Testing Techniques based on ASTM Standards, ordering materials needed for projects.


Research Associate Engineer,

FLEX R&D, Pasadena, CA Dec. 2015 – Present

Assisted in development of a proprietary flexible reclosure for food packaging for global brand owners

Assisted in development of a lower weight, higher performance sustainable paperboard material for packaging applications

Produced custom prototypes for customization (imaging) of durable goods

Produced custom material prototypes to demonstrate proof of principle around target functionalities specified by customers

Responsible for day to day management of the laboratory, equipment, test methods, and work flow of Flex R&D

In charge of installation, operation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of the laboratory equipment

Established standard operating procedures to adhere to internal regulation and quality standards (ISO and ASTM Standards)

Develop and maintain blending techniques to target specific particle size distributions for control of ceramic material properties such as material rheology, shrinkage factor, material strength, and stability.

Research Associate Engineer

Industries and Mines, Tehran Mar. 2011 – Mar. 2013

Designed and reviewed industrial plans in Nano and advanced materials with emphasis on Thick film ceramics and glass ceramic composites

Performed technology reviews and provided periodic status on material development programs to senior staff and management

Assisted with development, implementation, continuous improvement and risk management programs

Develop and test products to verify successful material applications and mechanical performance

Lead and perform materials characterization, material performance testing in partnership with other R&D team member

Used the microwave sintering technique to control the growth of ceramic nanoparticles, realize the uniform sintering of thick films, gain the stable microstructure that improves gas sensing behavior two times more than previous works.

Consulting Engineer,

Advanced Material Development Co. Tehran Sep. 2010 – Sep. 2012

Affiliated Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of (IDRO)

Reviewed design, manufacturing technology and small Business Development Center (SBDC) plans

Design, develop and conduct feasibility studies to assess new technologies or process improvements

Demonstrated strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail

Develop innovative product development processes to shorten lifecycle of product time to market

R&D Engineer,

SAPCO (Supplying Automotive Parts Company), Tehran Sep. 2008 – Sep. 2010

Researched and developed ceramic perovskite catalytic converter in dual-fuel vehicles

Created new processes for vehicle catalytic converters up to the pilot point

Develop technologically advanced products and/or processes that enhance product performance

Develop new processes for hardware and software qualification and testing and perform rigorous process analysis

Production of perovskite catalysts on ceramic monoliths with nanoparticles that reduces emission better than commercial catalyst with noble metals such as palladium, platinum, and rhodium.


Assistant Professor

University of Science and Research, Tehran Sep. 2008 – Sep. 2010

Established the course plan for lectures and labs of Powder Metallurgy, The Modern analysis in Biomedical Engineering, and Crystallography

Developed strong communication, organizational and leadership skills


M.Sc., Material Science Engineering

University of Science and Research -GPA:3.8 2008- 2010

M.Sc. Dissertation: Production of catalyst convertor with perovskite nanoparticles for dual fuel vehicles.

B.Sc., Material Science Engineering

University of Science and Research-GPA:3.6 2004- 2008

B.Sc. Dissertation: A study of various Types of Ceramic Refractories.


Expert in Ceramic Processing and Sintering (Nucleation-Growth, Calcinations, Particle Forming, Characterization Techniques, Tape casting, LTCC and HTCC Co fired Ceramics, Consolidation and Grain Growth) for Advanced Materials

Proficient in Analytical Techniques to characterize material structure and behavior, including:

-Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM,HRTEM, SEM and TEM)

-Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

-Material characterization techniques (e.g. XRD, XRF, XPS, DRS, BET, FTIR, STA, Raman, DSC, TGA, DTA etc.)

Working with different software such as Cybersecurity (Xpertz, Image Analysis (Clemex, Image J), Materials Analysis Using Diffraction (MAUD) and Data analysis, graphing (e.g. OriginPro) and Microsoft Office Suite

Project management, generating test data, Results and analysis of data, Assistance in designing and providing test parameters, Expediting test reports to appropriate parties, Assistance in provision of, or revision of, specifications and manufacturing instructions for existing and new products.

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